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I Had to Grow Up Too Fast

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    The Basis Of It All

    I don't think I ever experienced what being a kid was like. At least not where I could remember. My mother never wanted children while my dad wanted 12. I was a mistake, you could tell from the day I was born. My mother became a computer addict and my father was a drunk. From...
    HopefulDreams94 HopefulDreams94 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 13, 2013

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    When I Was Younger....

    My parents were separated, my dad left because he was cheating on my mom with a shedevil. And near the end of the relationship with the shedevil he opened up to me, he was probably on a lot of pills and he'd been drinking. He started crying said hes sorry he doesnt love me and he...
    peachylove peachylove 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 18, 2013

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    Best Intentions

    My mom died of cancer shortly after my 7th birthday. Her dying wish was that my older sister and me not be split up. My dad was not able to bring us up himself. So, we went into the foster home system. The foster home system is a great thing for low income people. They give...
    Orionn Orionn 56-60, M 3 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    I Love My Sister.

    My Dad is an alcoholic. Me and my sister have been through it together. I had to grow up fast while younger. I matured fast, heck I think my friends noticed it too. I had to be there for my sister through the good and bad to help her and to keep her happy. I am that older...
    justageek justageek 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 17, 2012

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    Ironic Young Executive at 25 year old

    Born in a dysfunctional wealthy family that worked in hard lab our and acted like in poverty. My folks had severe medical issues and two bros have suicidal break downs.. Even myself. One sister left home and married happily to escape.. I worked 1 dollar per hour in US at the...
    likearock111 likearock111 26-30 2 Responses May 20, 2013

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    A Mini-adult From Day One

    My parents were both 42 when they adopted me. And, because neither of them had any experience with children of any age, they didn't know how to treat me like my age. I was treated like a mini-adult. I was hardly ever around people younger than 40. I went to operas, plays, dinners...
    chococat159 chococat159 18-21 Jun 15, 2011

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    You Grow Up Fast Loosing Your Loved Ones Young

    over the past 3 years i have lost a total of 5 people! i lost my grandmother, my mom, my dad, a close friend and my fiance! its probably been the most stressful and darkest times of my life! i was depressed i thought about suicide time after time after time. and i don't know if...
    zackshelpingpeople26 zackshelpingpeople26 26-30 Oct 6, 2013

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    I Remember When...the Story Of A Childhood Riddled With Pain And Addiction

    I remember when I was young, I had a mom. I remember that she was attentive and thoughtful and we lived in a big three-story house with a matching playhouse out back. I remember her watching ball games and coming on class field trips. I remember when I was 12 and my parents split...
    simmonsr09 simmonsr09 26-30 2 Responses Jun 27, 2012

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    Alcoholic Father

    My father is an alcoholic. I watched him physically harm my mother when I was a little girl. Sometimes I feel as if I am the only one who has ever been stuck in this situation. Because he has a way of making you think you're trapped. Because of my experiences watching drink his...
    SaraBear87 SaraBear87 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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    I Guess It Happens

    Some have the fairy tale life and then there are those of us who do what it takes just to survive. I've seen a lot over the years and just keep on going. You learn to do a lot on your own when, for whatever reason, your mother just doesn't love you. Was it that I reminded her of...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 17, 2008

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    Too Fast

    My life has never been normal like the other kids, even though I didn't really see it when I was a kid. My dad owned a company, which he 'said' was selling alarm systems. But there were a lot of illegal things going on there. My mom and dad fought every day for several years, and...
    Quibbler Quibbler 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 23, 2013

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    Had To Learn Early

    At 10 yr old i had to take care of my foster parents, my foster father suffered a massive stroke and my foster mom lost a leg to diabetes, i worked 3 jobs and went to school,and take care of them, i did this for 3 years until they had to be put in a nursing home, i lived by my...
    Goldwing244ricky Goldwing244ricky 51-55, M 5 Responses Jul 12, 2012

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    My Story.

    Every kid looks up to someone from when there 4 and 5 until they are 20's or 30's . I looked up to my siblings... Josh, Jessica and Seth. I had to face the facts when I was 7 years old that they all did drugs. I had to except that even when the programs and police men would come...
    xJiaxx xJiaxx 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 31, 2013

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    Its True :/

    Once i had a dream, right before my mom left. She was next to me and she told me that i needed to take care of my brother and Dad. I told her i wasn't ready and she smiled and she left my side. The next week, my mom got on that plane and left the country. There were never any...
    SecretIsOut SecretIsOut 13-15, F Feb 6, 2013

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    My Room

    That is how I spent a significant amount of my adolescence, alone in my room. I lived with an abusive stepfather and I avoided him as much as possible in the only place I could be. My dad died when I was ten and so was out of the picture. Essentially, I had to grow up by myself...
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M Nov 22, 2013

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    I Was Supposed To Understand

    I was never treated as a child. My parents split several times, to many to count, when i was young. Each time i was expected to be the therapist, even if i was only seven or eight. My brother, mother and father then later became suicidal, and i was still so young.I had to talk...
    PanAceAndAllOfTheAbove PanAceAndAllOfTheAbove 13-15, F Mar 14, 2011

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    I sit and watch my mum pick up another bottle

    of cheap cidar and neck it back, i can tell the alcohol is changing her mood already so i sit quietly because i know this is the time that the evil mum comes out. As i look at my baby brother sleeping in his cot i pray that he stays asleep because i don't want him to wake...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F Jul 1

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    blink wow that was my child hood gone.

    I don't have many good memory's of my child hood we was not poor but just had enough money to live. toys was 1 at Christmas or birthday. Most of my memory's are about being in a routine every day it was like being in the army up at 6 30 breakfast wash and get dressed go to...
    jvcs jvcs 51-55, M Dec 8, 2013

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    What More Can I Say?

    My father's a drunk and my mom has Chiari Malformation. What more can I say?
    Ghost218 Ghost218 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 3, 2012

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    Sometimes A Bad Example Can Be A Good One.

    From the age of 4-10 my life was pretty carefree. There was no shame. My parents were nudists and our home was clothing optional as well as our back yard. There was also a lot of healthy affection. Not much of it was from my mother, but I didn’t notice because my father was so...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Nov 15, 2011

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    Many Of Us Ahd To Grow Up Early And Fast

    i grew up fast due to abuse so to stay away from home i found jobs then one day that job became full time so i went to school then work and by the time i walked home most were in bed medications also made many of us grown up fast and that was also true in my case the the...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Nov 16, 2011

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    Puberty Hit

    When I was in 5th grade I started puberty. I grew up too fast by having womanly parts and acting more mature than most people. I wished that it could've came later so I could've enjoyed my time and not have to worry until later when all my friends started too.
    flawlesswonder16 flawlesswonder16 13-15, F Feb 24, 2013

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    Childhood Left Me Behind.

    My sister is cold as ice. My dad is a psychopath...an alcoholic with more than one mental disorder, I'm sure. My aunt and uncle bully my mother. It all stresses me out and puts me in uncomfortable situations. Growing up is the hardest thing I have ever had to learn how to do. I...
    givemesympathy givemesympathy 16-17, F Nov 19, 2013

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    To Young To Be This Grown Up

    When I was four my mom got really sick, and we didn't know what to do about it. We just went on with life but by age 8 I was cooking, cleaning and taking care of her. My father wasn't/ isn't much help all he does is get drunk and I have to take care of the mess he makes nightly...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 28, 2013

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    Too Much, Too Young

    I had to watch my baby siblings since the day my "mother" brought my brother home. That was 11 years ago. She didn't/doesn't know how to be a good mother, and their dad (my step dad) didn't make things easier, by arguing with her all the time. After they split, it basically...
    EchoArtistMusician EchoArtistMusician 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 16, 2013

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    I'm 22 and basically at a stand still in my

    life. I had a wonderful mother who died 3 years ago from Breast Cancer. My father was never there for me an alcoholic/ addict. Anyways I was my mother caregiver for years I would help her with her medications,cook,bathed,and took her to her chemo treatments. The thing is I was...
    karmagirl91 karmagirl91 22-25, F May 21

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    Chilling Childhood

    As a baby, I was left on the floor not in my crib. As a child, I got spanked whenever I did anything I enjoyed. I think my captor grabbed my ankles and held me upside down, slamming my feet against the ceiling. As a teen I was forced to do Push-Ups if I had a Bad day. I just want...
    WhiteLegoNinja WhiteLegoNinja 26-30, F Jan 31, 2013

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    I Hate It

    My parents would leave. Not just for a few a hours. Sometimes a few days. I had somebody who was supposed to watch me, but they left when ever. I woke myself up in the mornings, I walked a mile for a bus stop, went home and took care of the dogs, and cooked myself dinner. It was...
    screaminginshadows screaminginshadows 13-15, F 5 Responses Mar 28, 2013

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    I Don't Know If I Ever Did Actually Grow Up

    I'm a very mentally unhealthy person, but somehow I keep myself together, most of the time. It's hard. It does not help how my first 20 years of life went. I don't know if I ever actually grew up or if I just learned and adapted enough to muddle through. I've always been called...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 5 Responses Feb 16, 2008

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    Forgotten Child

    I admit I hated my "childhood" I learned to quick, hurt to quick and grew up way yo fast other children learned coloring, learned hopscotch. I learned about chemotherapy, which medicationa to take, and all the hospital rules. Four years of my childhood ripped away from me, after...
    jneg jneg 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 13, 2013

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    I Didn,t Know It At The Time

    I didnt grow up playing childhood games.  My family had a small cattle operation and my father also had a job as a lineman for the electric cooperative.  As a youngster I had duties to do out their.  I fed and watered cattle, fixed fence, drove tractor, operated a haybaler...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 10, 2011

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    Life Truely As It Is....

    I hate the fact that life is this bitter sweet tunnel that never ends in happy ever after. Everyday i wake up with no kind of purpose in life, nobody honestly gives a s*** about me , and why would they? Familly, friends, even people u barely know all claim to be there when you...
    InspireBeautifully InspireBeautifully 18-21, F Jun 11, 2013

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    It always was me vs tha world seem

    that way anyway. my real dad walked out when i was 5 real mom abandoned me for drug addiction at 6 an was in abusive foster homes until i was almost 14. i never fit in anywhere an always had to be on gard cause of all kinds of abuses...some really bad stuff an way too much of it...
    AquilaAqua AquilaAqua 13-15, M 3 Responses Jan 29

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    I Blamed Myself.

    When I was born, my mother was 39, and my sister was about 16. She got into a really abusive and bad realtionship. He got her into heavy heavy drugs. She had a baby, and that's now my nephew. He is the shining star of everyone's life. Including his father's. He got over...
    itsallinthepastnow itsallinthepastnow 18-21 1 Response Jul 24, 2011

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    My Parents Were On Their Own Trip.....

    and my brother and I kind of got dragged along on their ride. I know that there was a brief spot of normalcy when I was very young. I also know that it did not last very long at all (maybe until I was six or seven), and my brother is three years younger, so I am not certain he...
    hengreen hengreen 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 21, 2011

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    So Called Perfect

    Growing up as a child i had the so called " perfect childhood." Living in a charming little house, with my parents who had the so called "perfect marriage." Spending hours tossing a football in the front yard with my old brother. It was the so called...
    AliceNearWonderland AliceNearWonderland 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 3, 2008

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    I Grew Up Before My Mother Did

    Every child has a special bond with their mom. Your mom is someone who you can never replace. You only get one. As a child, my mom was a very heavy alcoholic. She would go out for nights and days at a time. Fortunately, I had an older sister, who was 6 years older than me. She...
    ChangeIsAGoodThing ChangeIsAGoodThing 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 11, 2013

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    The Good Months And The Bad Months

    Hello i would just like to share a little story of my child hood. When i was 5 yeas old (as far back as my proper memory goes) My family was doing well my mom was a waitress and my dad worked at some food processing thing. But I am going to skip a little forward. I dont know the...
    namedcr namedcr 41-45 Jul 25, 2013

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    I grew up too fast, my mother unfortunately had very bad taste in men until my early teens. Her second husband used to force me to do most of the housework and watch my little...
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    Thank God I had the greatest role model in the world. Her name was Mama. My parents divorced when I was 4. My mama found herself left on her own with a small child to raise. When...
    BAMAROSE75 BAMAROSE75 36-40, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Faster than the weeds in the yard hard to catch up to em kinda being dragged behind em .....:((
    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 18

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    My housemaster told me to grow up earlier so I'm gunna have to start making more serious posts........ "Briefcase"
    HRHHeronMaxwell HRHHeronMaxwell 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 17

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    At work I saw a family and all five kids in an age range of 6 - 14 had an iPad... Don't kids play with sticks anymore?
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 18

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    I really think I did. Although, I don't regret where I am now, but I will always wonder what if. I just can't help that. Anyways, I left home 1month after I graduated from high...
    2O5E4 2O5E4 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 22

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    Im 20 years old and got hpv from the guy i thought id spend most of my young adult years with. He was literally my home and safe place, and i cant stop thinking hes lying to me...
    xobxo94 xobxo94 18-21, F Sep 21

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    Im 20 years old and got hpv from the guy i thought id spend most of my young adult years with. He was literally my home and safe place, and i cant stop thinking hes lying to me...
    xobxo94 xobxo94 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 21

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    When I was 3 I wasn't begging my mom or dad to let me play on their phones I was begging them to take me to the park what Is wrong with this generation
    livelovehopefree livelovehopefree 13-15, F 5 Responses Sep 18

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    Went for a drive this morning. I drove so faaaaaast that i almost hit the curb! I guess God wanted me to live. I'm still breathing for now. But I guess that's life. Any minute you...
    Listening2us Listening2us 26-30, F Sep 20

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    To know that i can never go back to being the innocent child that i was once
    MsMightyMe MsMightyMe 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Just there today the pain is unbearable atm
    vanivoo vanivoo 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    hello .i m not a native English speaker,so excuse my English if i make a mistake. im 24 year old and i just had an abortion 1 week ago,this is would be my 3rd and most painfully...
    hajer22 hajer22 22-25, F Sep 8

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